Israel disputes U.S. statements, says West Bank housing project not a new settlement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday that new houses it was building in the occupied West Bank did not constitute a new settlement, dismissing a strong U.S. condemnation of project.


"The 98 housing units approved in Shilo (settlement) do not constitute a 'new settlement'. This housing will be the existing settlement of Shilo and will not change its municipal boundary or geographical footprint," a Foreign Ministry statement said.


The United States strongly condemned Israel's plan and the State Department said it would damage prospects for a two-state solution.


(Writing by Ori Lewis, Editing by Angus MacSwan)


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